The country’s first Day of Action is to be held on 7th September 2010.Organisers argue that the aim will bet to raise awareness of political and social injustices in the region as well as supporting the plight for democracy.
Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA) has subsequently appealed for solidarity in the face of growing tensions and overtones of repression. It is hoped that acts of unity will also be demonstrated by the people of Swaziland in a number of countries outside the region including South Africa and Australia.
The proposed Public Services Bill – which will make it illegal for public service workers to discuss issues or associate with “political” groups – has promoted the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and other leading trade unions to attend the demonstrate.
Tony Dykes, Director of ACTSA said “The plight of the people of Swaziland has been ignored by the international community for far too long. The government of Swaziland denies its citizens freedom. It is also denying them development and freedom from poverty. We want to inform people in Britain and involve them in solidarity with the people of Swaziland in their struggle for democracy, rights and development. We know international solidarity sends a powerful message of support and hope.”
Organisations like ACTS are not alone in their campaigning. Across Africa, there are similar murmurs from bodies that are campaigning for democracy and freedom of expression. In Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Kenya and Chad, there have been similar controversies, appeals and demonstrations.
It has subsequently become crucial for citizens, organizations and nations to be able to come together when repressive suggestions begin to grip the contours of their country. The impact of movements like Swaziland’s Day of Action can only truly be felt when an array of voices demand change.